I'm only sending AUDIO (music) signals in my ZONE 2 application. So, I do not need 2nd source HDMI signal to another zone. For me, it's all about listening to music in the backyard patio or garage, etc...
Interesting idea. That is using the RX-V1 as an amp for zone 2. I just wonder if that is overkill? I mean, I looked at HTD web site and they sell multi-amp/zone digital amps for less money and wondered about that route. Hell, I even thought of buying old 1970's Pioneer or Marantz receivers that have A/B/C paired speaker output selectors as an alternative route.
So my requirements are not too critical. I was hoping to keep the cost down as much as possible and keep the signal clean.
They way I have it wired right now is my YAMAHA RX-V1 ZONE 2 goes directly into my QSC USA 370 Pro Power Amp (125 watts at 8 ohms, 0.1 THD). From there, the signal goes to (4) pairs of speakers throughout the house which all have HTD rotary volume units installed that then distribute the signal to the speakers.